Donkey rides!

Trip Start Jan 20, 2010
Trip End May 15, 2010

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Flag of Greece  , Cyclades,
Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Day three: Chad, Gloria and I went to Ancient Thira. The road leading to the top was closed so we left Gloria at the bottom and hiked 40 minutes the top. The road was windy and the further up the mountain we climbed the windier it got. When we got to the top we walked around the ancient ruins. It was very windy. We saw an old village, the city center, a church, and a gymnasium.  Afterwards we headed up to Fira, the capital, and along the way we stopped at Art Space, a winery converted out of an old cave lined with a wide range of artwork. An older Greek man gave us a very detailed tour of his two wineries, a traditional one and a state of the art one. He told us everything about making wine start to finish. After the tour we sampled two white wines, two reds and tsikoudia. Chad really liked the tsikoudia, a very strong wine containing 47 percent alcohol. We continued onto Fira and had a picnic lunch on the side of the road over looking the port just outside the city center. After lunch we walked around and did a little shopping. THAN Chad and I took a donkey ride down to the old port. It was his first time riding an animal and my first time riding a donkey. Going down 500 stairs on the back of a donkey is enough to make anyone nervous, especially when every few feet the donkey's knees were buckling. The whole time I was too nervous to take pictures because I was white knuckling the saddle. Chad thought his saddle was going to slid to the underbelly and he would fall off the donkey so he spent most of his time holding on too. Going back up was a lot smoother and you could actually enjoy the scenery. There were two cruise ships in the port, and looking up in the cliffs and seeing the white house topple over the edge with their blue roofs was breathtaking. Afterwards we drove along the beach and stopped to watch some kite boarders and the wavers crash up against the jetty. At some points in the road we saw on our left was the beach and our right we saw high sand stone cliffs. Than we went back to the good heart to buy more goodies. We walked in and she had already put together a plate for us. Between the two of us, we bought one of everything in the store. Next we headed home and went out to dinner to a meze place. This meze was different than other meze places because you got to pick what you wanted. We had a village salad, goat cheese stuffed white eggplant, fried tomato patty, grape leafs and stuffed calamari. The grape leaves came with a pile of sour cream, which Chad claims he doesn't like. He took a bite of it and was like "yum what is this" and when I told him what it was he said no that's not it because I don't like that. He also tried the eggplant stuffed with goat cheese, (he also claims he doesn't like goat cheese) and one his last bite he remembered it was goat cheese (he still claims he doesn't like it but I saw him lick his plate clean). After dinner we had the same 47 percent wine Chad bought today but this was sweetened with honey and cinnamon, therefore easier to go down and colored on the table. It was a full moon tonight and the moon just lite up the sky, I have never seen a moon so bright.       
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